Teamwork provided South Okanagan RCMP with another opportunity to quickly thwart crime.
Tuesday, RCMP in Penticton successfully captured two suspects in an early morning boat theft from Red Wing Estates at the north end of the city.
The chase began after officers responded to a report from a resident at Red Wing Resort who said he had observed two men take off with his small boat, which was locked on the shore.
Officers responded, and were alerted that the men were traveling in the boat toward the east side of the lake.
That’s where the teamwork was initiated.
General Duty Officers, along with Police Dog Services, West Kelowna Marine Unit, Plain Clothes Officers, and the RCMP Helicopter all responded after the men were seen ditching the boat on the shore near Munson Mountain.
After an extensive search, the pair were successfully captured hiding in a vineyard.
Further investigation revealed the pair may be responsible for a break and enter in the early morning hours, as they had left numerous stolen items behind them as they tried to escape.
Charges of break and enter and possession of stolen property are being pursued against the pair, who are both being held in custody for court.
“This again demonstrates our Officer’s commitment to investigating these serious offences, and our tremendous ability to work as a team to capture those responsible”, said Cst. James Grandy.
Earlier this month, a chase involving Osoyoos and Midway RCMP and the RCMP helicopter ended in the capture of two alleged thieves east of Osoyoos on Hwy. 3.